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8 Harmless Pranks You Can Get Away With At Work

Most of us spend the majority of our waking hours at work. For this very reason, it’s always been important to me to have a little fun at the office to get through the day-to-day grind.

I’ve always had a bit of a prankster nature and have enjoyed playing practical jokes on some of my favorite coworkers over the years. I’ve filled cubicles with balloons, turned everything in a coworker’s office upside down and of course, I’ve done the classic stapler in the jello trick. With April Fools’ Day right around the corner (April 1st) I thought it would be nice to share a few of my favorite harmless work pranks. These are great for a good laugh but won’t cause any permanent damage…

  1. Connect all of their paper clips together and put them back in their tray.
  2. Replace all of the framed photos at their desk with pictures of cats. I recently did this to Sean while he was out on vacation. Bye-bye raise!
  3. Remove all but 3 staples from your coworkers’ stapler every day for a month. This one requires some dedication but hilarity will ensue each time he/she needs to get more staples.
  4. Un-alphabetize the files in your uber-organized coworkers’ filing cabinet.
  5. “Steal” one piece of a coworker’s desk flare (pictures, awards, even Kleenex) each day and put at your desk until he/she notices their desk is bare or that your desk has all of their family photos and chachkies.
  6. TP a coworker’s cubical or office. This is a lot less work than wrapping everything in tin foil or wrapping paper or covering everything with Post-Its – not to mention less expensive.
  7. If a coworker leaves his/her computer unlocked they are just asking for trouble on April 1st. Change their desktop to an awesome Justin Bieber wallpaper background. Warning: this will not be as funny if said coworker is a #Belieber.
  8. My favorite (and annual) April Fools’ day prank: Write the words “April Fools!” on a 2” x 1.5” Post-It and stick it to the bottom of your coworkers’ mouse. Laugh while they tap their mouse and adjust cords to figure out why their mouse isn’t working until they flip it over and…APRIL FOOLS!

Although these jokes are funny & harmless it’s important to remember the following when pranking a coworker:

  1. Never prank someone you don’t like or don’t get along with. This is just harassment.
  2. Make sure your prankee has a good sense of humor.
  3. Make sure you aren’t playing the pranks when an important meeting is scheduled – especially if it’s with a coworker’s client or boss.